7 Steps to Thoroughly Prepare Your Pool for Winter

Completely Clean Your Pool

Use a pool skimmer to remove algae, debris, and dirt from the surface. Then, use a pool brush to clean the walls.

Use a pool vacuum to clean the pool's floor and remove debris. Once the pool has been cleaned, return to the pump and filter to remove any impurities.

Use a brush to break up algae. It will also help remove it from the water and prevent it from getting damaged by the chemicals used in treatment.


Check The Water

The water in your pool should be balanced throughout the winter to prevent scale buildup and corrosion. Test the chemicals periodically to see how they affect the pool's water quality.


Add Chemicals

  • Algaecide. This product will help prevent the growth of algae in your pool. It’s especially important to use for areas with a mesh panel.
  • Metal Sequestrant. For those with hard water, such as wells, add a metal sequestrant to their pool water. This will keep the metals from settling on the pool surface and leaving stains.
  • Pool Enzyme. It destroys organic contaminants that enter the pool water.
  • Winterpill. Use a pool water sanitizer that's safe to use for months. Winter clarifiers and sanitizers are designed to dissolve slowly to keep the pool cleaner for longer.


Dry Out The Lines

Having the lines blow out will help prevent the water from freezing and damaging the pipes. Also, make sure that the antifreeze is specifically made for cold temperatures.


Accessories Must Be Move to Stored

Pool accessories can be removed and cleaned separately. They can be stored in a dry place for the Winter.

These accessories could rust over time and make it hard to secure a winter cover. This could also cause debris to get in your pool. You can also store your fittings in the baskets.


Shock The Water

Shock treatment can kill organisms that thrive in the pool water. It also helps keep the chlorine in the pool at a low concentration to prevent it from oxidizing. Never shock a pool using chemicals that are not labeled. They can damage vinyl pool liner.


Install A Cover

Safety pool covers are designed to protect your pool from algae, and insects. They can also help prevent rodents and pool debris from entering your pool.

It is also important to avoid getting a pool cover installed on your own. Instead, get a leaf net. This type of net will keep the leaves and debris from getting into the pool.

Before the freezing temperatures set in, remove the leaves and debris from the pool. It's important to make sure that the pool is properly protected from the elements.


This post was originally published on HB Pools


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